Hemp. Some people use its fibrous stalks to make ropes. And admittedly, looking to a plant from which ropes are made might seem like a strange place to look for something that can help dieters succeed in their weight-loss efforts. But amazingly, the hemp plant provides just that. Hemp seeds are filled with oil, and cold-pressed hemp oil is in fact one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, and as a bonus, helps with suppressing appetite.
Hemp comes in various forms suitable for dietary consumption. For example, the seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal called hemp protein, sprouted, turned into hemp milk (similar to soymilk), or used as a tea.
Similar in many ways to flax seed, hemp seed contains high amounts of protein, and its oil is rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). In fact, hemp contains about 20 percent highly digestible protein, and omega 3 EFAs make up about 22 percent of its oil.
It’s the omega 3s that give hemp its ability to suppress appetite. Recent research reported in the journal Appetite showed that study volunteers who ate a dinner rich in omega 3s were significantly less hungry, both afterward and even two hours later, than those whose dinners contained no omega 3s but were otherwise virtually identical. Omega 3 oils, it turns out, somehow help regulate the brain’s hunger signal center.
Other research has shown that hemp’s benefits extend beyond appetite suppression. Research has also shown hemp to help relieve symptoms of eczema, and its omega 3s are known to help improve memory and brain function.
When you’re doing your level best to lose weight, finding natural ways to subdue your appetite gives you a definite edge in your efforts. And one of the best, proven items to add to your appetite-suppression arsenal is hemp…its seeds, oil, and protein.
Oil And Water, Do You Know The Difference?
Do you know the difference between an essential oil and floral water? I had no idea either; I did not know that there is a huge difference in the two. It is true that both start life in the same fashion, being steamed in huge containers (commonly known as a steam distillation plant), but I had no idea that the process actually separates the plants oils into condenser thus leaving the steam which is the floral water. This perhaps is a rather simplistic overview and obviously the process is far more in depth.
Floral Waters otherwise known as Hydrosols, Hydrolats, Hydroflorates or distillates contain essential oils. This occurs when the distillation process takes place. The specific plant matter is placed into the Distiller which also contains a measured quantity of water. Once the plant (distillery) starts to heat, steam is produced which warms the plants encouraging them to release oils and aromas. These oils are collected in a condenser but during this process, tiny particles of the oils are trapped in the steam and this essentially is your Floral Water or Hydrosol.
Hydrosols are far less concentrated than essential oils only containing 0.2 percent essential oil they are of a lighter fragrance, having been diluted in the steaming process. Floral waters therefore are far less harsh and irritant than essential oils and make perfect astringents for skin; you will find there are many products which are used for this purpose such as skin cleansers and toners or refreshing facial mists. Floral waters can be applied direct to the skin whereas many essential oils are too concentrated for this purpose and have to be mixed a vegetable carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, sunflower or olive oil before applying. These are sometimes referred to as base massage oils.
Producing Hydrosols and plant oils is now becoming a sideline for many farmers within the UK, setting aside land to produce aromatic herbs such as Lavender, Sage, Chamomile or Rosemary for example. The farmer grows these crops and when ready, harvests them, shipping them to the appropriate distillery, once the process of steam distillation has taken place samples are then tested in an independent laboratory, these tests include aroma evaluation and gas chromatography. This in turns ensures the highest quality CBD HEMP oils.
From this point the uses are endless, especially in the health and beauty industry. You can find essential oils in aromatherapy products, hair care products, skin creams and lotions, bath and shower products, soaps and of course massage oils as mentioned before. Other products include oil burners or vapourisers, Inhalators which can be sprinkled on handkerchiefs, fragranced room and linen sprays, candles with essence of oils, as well as gums and resins for air fresheners, they are so versatile they can even be taken as a tonic or used as a douche!
So with all these healing and skin nourishing qualities are they safe to use? It has been noted that essential oils should not be used during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Contraindications observe that essential oils may be harmful to the foetus or even contribute to miscarriage. Essential oils should also not be used on infants under 8 weeks as the liver is not mature enough in those first few weeks of life to filter the oil. Essential Oil should never be applied directly to the skin as it can be an irritant and cause an allergic reaction. But it is safe to say that consultation with a trained aromatherapist or strict compliance with the manufacturers guidelines will make the use of essential oils and flower waters an extremely pleasant and in many cases relaxing experience.
So with all this knowledge from seed to bottle it is possible to track the process of the initial aromatic herb through to the final form whatever that maybe, with such a wide range of essential oils and floral waters to choose from such as Rosemary, Geranium, Chamomile, Hyssop, Frankincense, Hemp, Lavender, Dill even Lemon we haven’t even scratched the surface.